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Medora Field Dowdle Jackson COLUMBIA - Medora Field Dowdle Jackson, widow of Ernest William Jackson, Jr., went to be with her Lord on October 17, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21 at Northeast Presbyterian Church with burial in the church cemetery; George Crow officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the church atrium. Nana's nine grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Born June 23, 1921, in Rome, GA, Mrs. Jackson was the daughter of Lucille Elizabeth Field and John Wesley Dowdle. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of sixty years, her parents, sister Frances Abbott Lyon (Jack Abbott, Archie Lyon), and brother John W. Dowdle, Jr. (Virginia Sandy). She was also predeceased by her first husband, Hugh Corbin Rogers of Florence, SC, United States Army Air Corps. Their two-year marriage ended tragically when Captain Rogers' plane was shot down over China during World War II. Mrs. Jackson grew up in Columbia and Florence, South Carolina. She was a graduate of Florence High School and graduated from Newberry College with a business degree. At the time she and Mr. Jackson were married, she held the position of secretary to the manager of the business office at Southern Bell in Florence, SC, and was a member of the Lambda Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Business Women's Sorority. She moved back to Columbia at the time of her second marriage in 1948. Mrs. Jackson was a former member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school, was a circle leader, Bible moderator, officer in Women of the Church and a Girl Scout leader. She also taught five-year-old kindergarten at Covenant for ten years, 1966-76. She and her husband became charter members of Northeast Presbyterian Church and were members of the Care and Compassion Meal Ministry, Friendship Sunday School Class and the Circle of Faith. A loyal member of the Columbia Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution for over fifty years, Mrs. Jackson was state regent during her chapter's Centennial Celebration, 1992-93. She also represented her chapter many times at state conferences and at Continental Congress in Washington, D.C. She was a past member of the Robert Mills Chapter of Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, Midlands Book Club, Cherry Hill Garden Club and several bridge clubs. Mrs. Jackson was also an avid photographer and received several awards in that field. Mrs. Jackson & her husband Bill's work included American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, several hospital gift shops and volunteering with Palmetto Health Hospice. Mrs. Jackson loved traveling, reading, writing and her many friends, but most of all she loved her very large family, especially her six daughters and their families. She is survived by Sally Rogers Jackson Nordstrom (Carl), Jayne Jackson (Robert Pollock), Jan Moore (Kenny), Medora Johnson (Mike), Elizabeth "Billie" Jordan (Russ), Mary Sue "Mollie" Printz (Keith), twelve grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family lovingly thanks the caregivers who helped them through this difficult time. They couldn't have done this without you: Janie Shell and her daughters, Niecie and Shonda, Louise Brown, Alorna Huggins and the wonderful people at Palmetto Health Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northeast Presbyterian Church, 601 Polo Rd., Columbia, SC, 29223; Tamassee DAR School, Inc., P. O. Box 8, Tamassee, SC, 29682; Palmetto Health Hospice, 1400 Pickens St., Suite 100, Columbia, SC, 29201; or a charity of one's choice. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com .
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